Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Oshkosh Truck Powers Up In Hybrids

Among the more agreeable types of government programs are the ones that help your company win new business and cozy up to important customers. Consider the case of Oshkosh Truck, Waste Management and the Department of Energy's Advanced Heavy Hybrid Propulsion Systems initiative.

The program, managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, began in 2002. Its goal: Bring industry and government researchers together to get cleaner, more fuel efficient trucks and buses on the road by the end of the decade. Notable corporate participants are Eaton, Caterpillar, General Motors and Rockwell Automation.

In February 2003, Oshkosh Truck , which makes big, tough, trucks for military, municipal and other customers, received a $9 million grant from the Advanced Heavy Hybrid program to develop hybrid power-control systems and electronics for its severe-duty trucks. A key component of Oshkosh's bid: its relationship with trash industry giant Waste Management .

Full story at Forbes.com